Tyehimba Jess

(Detroit)

Tyehimba Jess Poems

1. Hagar In The Wilderness 1/29/2015
2. Alabaster Hands 9/11/2016
3. Indian Combat 9/11/2016
4. Blind Boone's Vision 9/11/2016
5. Freedsong: Dream Song 9/11/2016
6. martha promise receives leadbelly, 1935 9/11/2016
7. What Marked Tom? 9/11/2016
8. Blind Boone's Pianola Blues 9/11/2016
9. What the Wind, Rain and Thunder Said to Tom 9/11/2016
10. Charity on Blind Tom 9/11/2016
11. General Bethune on Blind Tom 9/11/2016
12. Blind Tom plays on… 9/11/2016
13. Mercy 9/11/2016
14. Hagar in the Wilderness 9/11/2016
15. leadbelly's lessons 9/11/2016

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Alabaster Hands

Let me tell you how
white hands kilned me
in the moonless middle
of night. How they stripped
and spittled and smeared me
in an open field hardened
with ice. How they worked so
diligently upon me with palm
and fist and angry sweat,
with knuckle and dirty nail,
until I was struck still as stone,
until I was one with the dust
of the Earth that called my name,
whispered to me from its labyrinth
of lava and buried bone. My truth
was honed there, deep in the fated
crease between life and loss.
It willed me to rise from the dirt
and staggered me ...

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